Nobuharu Matsushita topped the timesheets in the opening test ahead of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship, with team-mate Alexander Albon making it a perfect day for the ART squad with the second fastest time.

Times continuously tumbled throughout the day, with Cecotto topping the morning session before trading the fastest time with the likes of Luca Ghiotto, Sean Gelael and Oliver Rowland.

When the chequered flag fell, it was Japanese driver Matsushita who started his season perfectly ahead of Albon with 2016 race winner Norman Nato rounding out the top three, setting an identical time to his Thai rival.

Racing Engineering’s new signing Gustav Malja continued his improved form from last season with the fourth fastest time set in the afternoon, with series veteran Johnny Cecotto Jr taking his Rapax to fifth place.

Oliver Rowland steered his new DAMS car into sixth spot, with debutant Nyck de Vries in seventh.

Louis Deletraz impressed in his first outing of 2017, with the Racing Engineering driver going eighth fastest ahead of Luca Ghiotto, with Nicholas Latifi rounding out the top ten.

Further down the order, former race winners Artem Markelov and Jordan King were 11th and 16th, respectively, while ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi finished bottom of the pile in 20th.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m29.061s
2. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m29.157s
3. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1m29.157s
4. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m29.230s
5. Johnny Cecotto Jr Rapax 1m29.239s
6. Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m29.355s
7. Nyck de Vries Rapax 1m29.625s
8. Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m29.699s
9. Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 1m29.727s
10. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m29.743s
11. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m29.750s
12. Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m29.756s
13. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1m30.160s
14. Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1m30.278s
15. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m30.297s
16. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m30.330s
17. Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m30.433s
18. Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m30.470s
19. Nabil Jeffri Trident 1m31.230s
20. Roberto Merhi Campos Racing 1m31.470s